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, including a senior obama administration officials have stated, the very helicopter gunships that the regime is currently using to bomb and shatter civilians. as the united states and the international community stand idle, the consequences are clear -- syria will become a failed state in the heart of the middle east threatening both our ally, israel, and our nato ally, turkey. with or without assad, the country will continue to devolve into a full-scale civil war that is increasingly sectarian, repressive and unstable. meantime, more and more ungoverned space will come under the control of al qaeda and its allies. violence and radicalism will spill even more into lebanon and iraq, fueling sectarian conflicts that are still burning in both countries. syria will turn into a battlefield between sunni and shia extremists. even backed by foreign powers which will ignite sectarian tensions from north america to the gulf and risk a wider regional conflict. this is the course we are on in syria and in the absence of international action, the situation will only get worse. although secretary kerry a
administration. when you depart, you can pick up the presi to our last strategic report titled, obama ii and the middle east. strategic objectives for u.s. policy, jointly authored by two of the foremost thinkers about middle east policy and we're very proud that both of them are here at the washington institute. ambassador dennis ross and ambassador james jeffrey. ambassador ross of course we're about to hear from dennis, served throughout most of the first term, first in the state department and then in the white house with responsibility for overseeing all the national security council work in the middle east. ambassador jeffrey, jim jeffrey, completed his distinguished service in the diplomatic corps last year after having served in, as ambassador in turkey and in iraq. previously in an incarnation in albania and as the deputy national security advisor in the bush administration which he played a special role in addressing the iraq question. so we brought these two highly-experienced, strategic thinkers and policy practitioners together to produce a policy paper for the obama adminis
] and what have we seen from the obama administration? the obama administration is sending the worst signal to the ayatollahs, at a most critical time. we talk, they enrich. they don't take us seriously. and this leading from behind strategy, it isn't working. think about the message that we are sending. in iraq, the president ignores the advice of his commanders, his own commanders, and rushed to the exit. and what was the result? al qaeda is making a comeback in iraq. and iran has become an important player in iraq. in syria, we sat on the sidelines while over 70,000 syrians were slaughtered. seeding our policy to the vetoes of the russians and the chinese and the united nations to a bunch of united nations bureaucrats. [booing] and in afghanistan, the president has undercut his commanders time and time again. in libya, the administration again lead from behind, and never took steps to secure gadhafi's weapons stash. and do you know where those weapons are now? they are in the hands of islamic radicals in mali, egypt, and syria, used by terrorists to harm us and our allies. and this admin
week, and what a better time for it this year because the obama administration, president obama, has a brand-new nominee to head the environmental protection agency, and that agency is in desperate need of sunshine and transparency. and so in the midst of sunshine week, i wanted to talk about these very, very serious issues. first of all, let's go back a little bit. the first day president obama took office in 2009, the white house web site declared that his administration would become -- quote -- "the most open and transparent in history." close quote. and the president issued high-profile orders pledging -- quote -- "a new era" and -- quote -- "an unprecedented level of openness" across the federal government. now those are great goals and great aspirations. unfortunately, the record, particularly as i said, at the e.p.a., is a whole lot different. president obama's e.p.a. has earned a reputation for ignoring congressional information requests, for ignoring and frustrating foia, freedom of information act, requests. for hiding e-mails, completely contrary to e.p.a. policy. and for
by the obama administration as part of the financial fraud enforcement task force. in a moment we'll do that about illegal lottery scams for about 50 minutes. >> my name is jeffrey steger and i'm an attorney, an assistant director of the consumer protection branch of the civil division of the u.s. department of justice. the consumer protection branch is responsible for civil and criminal enforcement of federal laws designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of the american people. the branch actively prosecute individual and companies have committed fraud, or violated other laws and acted to protect consumers. our first panel this morning is focused on lottery and romance scams. as will be discussed, lottery scams prey on elderly and other potentially vulnerable individuals. unfortunately, scams are increasingly prevalent, and devastating to its victim. romance scams involve fraudsters to contact people by phone or over the internet, create an emotional bond, and then use the strong emotional tie to convince their victim to send or wire money to them. the panel of experts that w
former and current obama administration officials discuss how the health care law affects the lgbt community. and impacts coverage of people with hiv. >> good morning, everybody. my i'm the president of the center of american progress. thank you for joining us on the important progress health reform addressing the needs of lgbt lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and peopling with hiv. it's a massive undertaking. i can attest to this as one of the president's advisers on health reform. i know, as we gear up for health reform it will touch the lives of every american. and the sheer skill the effort means that it will touch the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well as well as people living with hiv. the united states is home to at least 9 million gay similarly the -- rage in communities such as communities of color and transgender communities. like the u.s. as a whole the population are diverse in term of race, income, immigration status and age. gay and transgender people and beam hiv live in all corners of the country and they come from families o
. we're talking about afghanistan but how do you think history is going to judge the obama administration's decision not to intervene in any significant military fashion in syria? 70,000 dead as you know and several million refugees. >> i think it's way too early how to predict how history is going to judge whether our policy is right. it's not too early to know how history will judge assad. that's easy. but in terms of whether or not we have proceeded in a more deliberate way than some would want us to, and probably a little more than i would want us to if you want to get into that, nonetheless the goal here is to make sure that what happens after assad is, is stable, is diverse, is not chaotic. that the right people are the ones that take over when assad goes. and that's, that's a matter of putting in place, if possible, a kind of an interim political coalition, which will have broad support inside of syria, which will not see a long period of retribution and violence following the fall of assad which will happen. and putting that in place to the extent that's possible is
of an amendment of mine, amendment number 6. my amendment would hold the obama administration accountable for its recent decision to release more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants from detention centers across the country in the past month. the u.s. immigration and custom enforcement claimed they were releasing these people because it needed to reduce its average daily detention population of about 34,000 people. this is a congressionally mandated requirement. they claim they had to reduce the detention population for budgetary reasons. week after week agents were tasked to release so many individuals. at first the department of homeland security claimed that it only released a few hundred people. however, last week the director of immigration and customs enforcement admitted that the administration had misled the american people by confessing that over 2,200 aliens were actually released. they continue to stand by the excuse that budget cuts were the reason for releasing these individuals. simply blaming budget reduction as a means to turn a blind eye towards national security of the american p
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